After Rangers defeated Celtic 2-1 at Celtic Park back in December, it was a result that rocked our rivals to their core.
The Parkhead victory sent our rivals into a fairly well-documented meltdown whilst there’s been some amount of rubbish published about gestures and the like ever since.
But as the comments of Celtic captain Scott Brown in the immediate aftermath of the defeat to Rangers alluded to, has there been a formation change at Parkhead for the second half of the season?
In the aftermath of the result at Parkhead Scott Brown spoke about needing to figure out how to beat this Rangers side.
“Rangers played quite well,” said Brown [Herald].
“They closed us down and we didn’t play as well as we could have.
“We need to learn now, because that’s two games in a row now where they’ve probably outplayed us.
“It’s all about how we come back now, because the last time this happened we were over in Dubai and we got a proper pre-season, and it’s going to be similar to that for us.
“It’s the performances against Rangers that we need to make sure we improve on. For us, we know what we need to do and what we need to improve on.
“We’ll have a few days off before meeting up in Dubai and we’ll figure out how we’re going to play against Rangers the next time.”
Since returning from the winter break, Celtic have adopted a much-changed formation as they look to bite back against Rangers.
That result against Rangers has clearly helped inspire Celtic to adopt a 3-5-2 formation, a change from the previous 4-2-3-1.
Now playing with two strikers, Celtic are clearly trialling a new style of play and it has been largely successful for them over the four games since the end of the winter break.
Celtic have won all four matches whilst Rangers handed the title momentum back to their Old Firm rivals by only winning three and falling to a 2-1 defeat at Tynecastle v Hearts.
Could this be how Celtic look to combat Rangers in the upcoming Old Firm matches this season?